Resources

ACB Resource Page

 

Welcome to the ACB website Resource Page

Listed below are resources that will hopefully point you in the right direction to obtain the specific services that will assist you on your journey.

 

State Resources

 

Maine State Library

The Maine State Library facilitates access to and delivery of library services and collection resources for the State of Maine.

These services include the popular Talking Books Plus/Library for the Blind and visually impaired.

To find out more go to the Maine State Library

Maine Organization of Blind Athletic and Leadership Advocation (MOBALE)

To find out more about this inspirational organization, go to the MOBALE website:

Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired

 

Providing comprehensive services for visually impaired and blind individuals of all ages.

If you have a vision problem that prevents you from carrying out the activities of daily living, getting an education or a job, there is help.

To learn more, go to the DBVI website.

State Rehabilitation Council Division for the blind and Visually Impaired (SRC DBVI)

The State Rehabilitation Council for DBVI is a diverse group of people concerned with the quality of vocational rehabilitation services provided to blind Maine citizens. For more information about serving on this council

For more information, go to the Maine SRC website

 

Alpha One

 Since 1978, Alpha One, a Center for Independent Living, has enabled thousands of people with disabilities to live more fully and more independently in all aspects of their lives. Few Centers for Independent Living in the United States or other public or private agencies in Maine offer Alpha One’s variety and depth of independent living

To find out more, go to Alpha One website

 

The Iris Network

 At The Iris Network, we’ve helped thousands of people meet the challenges of vision loss.  Adjusting is a learning process that takes time and patience.  We design our range of services and programs to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual.

To find out more, go to The Iris Network website.

Watch an Iris Information Video on Common Courtesies with regards to the Blind Community

Catholic Charities of Maine

 Catholic Charities empowers and strengthens individuals and families of all faiths by providing innovative community-based social services throughout Maine.

To learn more,  go to Catholic Charities of Maine website.

 

Child Development Services

 The Child Development Services system is an Intermediate Educational Unit that provides both Early Intervention (birth through two years) and Free Appropriate Public Education (for ages three through five years) under the supervision of the Maine Department of Education.

To find out more, go to Child Development Services website.

Maine Parent Federation

 The Maine Parent Federation (MPF), in existence since 1984, is a private non-profit organization. MPF provides information, referral, one on one telephone

support, and training to parents of children with disabilities or special health care needs and the                             professionals who work with these families through numerous grant-funded projects.

To learn more, go to Maine Parent Federation (MPF) website

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England was established in 1933 in Portland, Maine by Reverend Frederick Olsen. Today, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England continues to help others overcome barriers in their lives to achieve social and economic independence.

To learn more, go to Goodwill Industries of Northern New England website

Maine Statewide Independent Living Council, (SILC)

The Maine Statewide Independent Living Council is dedicated to ensuring that citizens with disabilities have control over their lives and environments with equal access to options, opportunities, and choices as do all citizens.

To find out more, go to the Maine SILC website.

Maine CITE

 The Maine Department of Education’s Maine CITE Program is designed to help make assistive and universally designed technology more available to Maine children, adults and seniors who may need them.

To get more information go to  Maine Cite website.

 

VA Togus – Visual Impairment Service Team “VIST”

 For more information about the VIST program,

Please contact: Amy Tague,  207-623-8411

 

Wabanaki Vocational Rehabilitation Program

To find out more, go to Wabanaki Vocational Rehabilitation Program

 

Disability Rights Maine

Disability Rights Maine (DRM) is Maine’s protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities.

DRM provides individuals with information about their rights and service systems, and represents individuals at meetings and hearings by providing legal services to individuals and groups. DRM also acts as a referral service for individuals who are unable to be directly assisted.

To find out more information, go to DRM website.

160 Capitol Street, Suite 4
Augusta, Maine 04330
207.626.2774 x110 V/TTY)
800.452.1948 (V/TTY)
207.621.1419 (FAX)
Email: fbuck@drme.org
Website: www.drme.org

Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

Maine Emergency Management Agency coordinates the State of Maine’s programs of emergency preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation and homeland.

For more information, check out the services provided from the MEMA website.

Maine State Housing

Having an affordable, safe and accessible  home is often a barrier to employment.  The Maine State Housing Authority can help with this.  They offer subsidized housing, energy assistance, mortgage help and home-buyers classes.

To find out more about how MSH can assist you, go to the Maine State Housing website.

Deaf Services

DRM’s Deaf Advocacy and Communication Access Program serves Maine people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened, Deaf-Blind (dual sensory loss – sight and sound), or who use signs and gestures to communicate. They also work with agencies and individuals who provide support services – as well as those who provide education, housing and employment opportunities.

For more information about Deaf Services.

Albinston Foundation of Maine

The Adaptive Outdoor Education Center

A non profit organization located in beautiful Carrabassett Valley Maine, providing outdoor recreational and educational opportunities to all people with disabilities.

For more information, go to the Albinston Foundation of Maine

VISTA Support Group

VISTA, (Visual Impairment Support Team Alliance), is a Maine based support group that meets from 4:30 to 6pm by phone conference on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

The call in information is as follows:

1- 800-719-7514 PIN – 594111; All are welcome to join in.

National Resources

 

VIVA – ACB

Visually Impaired Veterans of America – ACB

To maintain, promote and foster the well being and rehabilitation of all visually Impaired veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

To find out more, go to VIVA ACB website

Alliance for Technology Access

 ATA is an international network connecting families, consumers, organizations, technology developers, educators, and other professionals to build a future that is accessible to everyone.

We promote a consumer-directed service model, which allows people to obtain direct experience and make their own informed decisions.

To get more information, go to Alliance for Technology Access website.

Rutgers College Resources

College resources website designed by Rutgers University, devoted to students of all ages, with all forms of disabilities.

For access to this informative website, please visit: https://ods.rutgers.edu/ods-resources/accessibility-resources

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

 NAPVI is a national organization that enables parents to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.

To learn more information,  go to NAPVI website.

 

The Tramuto Foundation

The Tramuto Foundation provides grants to help youths with special challenges overcome adversity and build the confidence necessary to achieve personal excellence.

 To learn more, go to The Tramuto Foundation website.

 

College Resources for Students wit Disabilities

BestColleges .com

recently created a guide aimed to inform students with disabilities on their rights and opportunities in higher education, and serve as a central list of college help resources for disabled students, including assistive technologies (sites, apps, software).

You can view the full list of resources at the BestColleges.com website.

Perkins School for the Blind

The Perkins School is an innovative leader in serving people with visual impairments. Strong leadership from both staff and the Board of Trustees has created a legacy of education and discovery. We are always questioning how to best serve our students in the classroom, in the community and around the world.

To find out more go to Perkins School for the Blind.

 

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children

The National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) consists of parents, teachers, and others interested in the development and education of blind children. We offer vital support, information, advocacy, and training as we help parents instill independence in a child who happens to be blind.

To find out more. go to the NOPBC website.

American Foundation for the Blind

 

The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential. AFB envisions a world where people with vision loss have equal access and opportunities.

Go to AFB website for more information.

 

National Council on Disabilities

NCD is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.

Go to the  NCD website to learn more about how they can help you.

Disability.gov

Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services nationwide.

You can find thousands of resources on topics, such as applying for Social Security disability benefits, finding a job and paying for accessible housing, to name just a few. Let Disability.gov guide you to the information you want.

To learn more about, go to Disability.gov

 

SSA.gov

Delivering Social Security services that meet the ever changing needs of the American public.

Visit the  SSA.gov website for more information.

 

Advocacy Groups

American Council of the Blind of Maine

Improving the lives of Maine Citizens who are blind and visually impaired since 1903

To find out more go to ACB of Maine website

 

Pine Tree Guide Dog Users

Pine Tree Guide Dog Users (PTGDU) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote the well-being of dog guide users in Maine. Founded in 1997, PTGDU includes folks who are dog guide handlers, folks who raise puppies destined to become dog guides, and folks who are interested in working dogs of all kinds.

To learn more, go to PTGDU website.

 

National Federation of the Blind

 

The ultimate purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is the complete integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality. NFB has a Newsline program available free of charge to blind or visually impaired individuals, complete with   a selection of daily newspapers and monthly magazines which are read and recorded for individual access.

To find out more go to the NFB website.

American Council of the Blind

The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.

With an ever growing line up of streaming radio feeds, ACB is continuing to work hard to bring a host of information to the blind and visually impaired community.

To find out more about what ACB has to offer you, go to the  ACB website.

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